Newcomers

Meet the newest Jesuits! 57 men joined the Society of Jesus in the United States in 2004. Our Fall issue offered photos and short biographies of about half; in these pages you will meet the rest.

Robert Angelo

Robert Angelo

El Centro, California

Robert, 45, is an organist who has performed in the United States and Europe, including twice at the Vatican. He was director of music for the Diocese of San Bernardino, a parish organist, and a research assistant and drug counselor at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles. His interests range from music to travel. (California Province)

Oscar Baez

Oscar Báez

Atotonilco el Alto, Mexico

Oscar, 27, was active in the youth group in his parish in Mexico. Since immigrating to the United States nine years ago, he earned a BA in philosophy from St. John’s Seminary College in Camarillo, Calif. He has served as music director, religious education program coordinator, and pastoral assistant at a parish in Los Angeles. He enjoys singing and volleyball. (California Province)

Dennis Baker

Dennis Baker

Hamilton, New York

Dennis, 24, graduated from Canisius High in Buffalo and has a BA in history from Fordham University and an MA in criminal justice from Niagara University. He has worked as a teacher, dockhand, bartender, and mailman. He has lived in Ireland twice and has traveled through much of Western Europe. Basketball, travel, and music are a few of his interests. (New York Province)

Julian Climaco

Julian Climaco

Cebu City, Philippines

Julian, 29, has associate’s degrees in liberal arts and in nursing from Los Angeles Harbor College. For the past nine years he has worked as a registered nurse and occupational health nurse in Southern California. He has also been active in music ministry in several California parishes. He enjoys music, reading, playing chess, and travel. (California Province)

Loren Adam DeLeon

Loren Adam DeLeon

Euclid, Ohio

Adam, 23, graduated from St. Ignatius High in Cleveland and has a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the College of the Holy Cross. He taught religious education to fourth and fifth graders and was a campus minister at the Jesuits’ St. George’s College in Jamaica. He loves rugby and follows college and professional sports. (Detroit Province)

James Donovan

James Donovan

Brooklyn

Jim, 39, has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Le Moyne College, a master’s in education from Fordham University, and a certificate in school administration from Hofstra University. He taught science and chaired the department at Garden City High in Garden City, N.Y., and volunteered at Fordham Prep’s summer academy. (New York Province)

Patrick Douglas

Patrick Douglas

Omaha

Patrick, 29, graduated from Creighton Prep and has degrees in social work and sociology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. He has worked for juvenile correction facilities and agencies that work with domestic abusers and victims; he also volunteered at Red Cloud Indian School. Running marathons and learning languages are some of his interests. (Wisconsin Province)

Aaron Engebretson

Aaron Engebretson

Kalispell, Montana

Aaron, 24, graduated from Carroll College in Montana with a degree in history, and his interests include politics and law. He has worked in construction and on the staff of a Montana politician. He likes to exercise by lifting weights and running. His pastimes include reading and fishing. He is attracted to the intellectual apostolate, primarily in academic settings. (Oregon Province)

Christopher Hernandez

Christopher Hernandez

Houston

Chris, 24, graduated from Strake Jesuit College Prep in Houston and has degrees in economics and finance from Loyola University New Orleans. While an undergraduate, he studied in Rome and volunteered at the Jesuit Refugee Center there. For the past two years he’s been at work in the admissions office at Loyola. Soccer is his sport; he also enjoys cooking. (New Orleans Province)

Matthew Heusel

Matthew Heusel

Columbus, Ohio

Matthew, 34, has a BA in professional writing from Wheeling Jesuit University and a degree in philosophical and religious studies from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He has worked as a journalist and as a musician with his band, Humble Sacrifice. He enjoys basketball and has coached the game. (Maryland Province)

Joseph Hill

Joseph Hill

Phoenix

Joe, 22, whose family moved to England when he was nine, attended the Jesuits’ Stonyhurst College and earned a BA in theology from Oxford. He has been a gardener and a bartender and did volunteer work with the Missionaries of Charity in Nepal. He attended World Youth Days in Rome and Toronto. An avid outdoorsman, he has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. (New Orleans Province)

Matthew Holland

Matthew Holland

Port Orchard, Washington

Matt, 22, graduated from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Washington, and has a BA in history and a teaching certificate from Gonzaga University. He worked for two years at Spokane Mental Health’s crisis line and was a math lab technician at a community college. He enjoys reading, music, movies, and playing the trumpet. He hopes to work in education and in outreach to people on the fringes of society. (Oregon Province)

Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson

Minneapolis

Chris, 40, has BAs in economics and in a program in communications, law, economics, and government from American University in Washington, D.C. He worked on the executive staff of the Boy Scouts and owned an executive recruiting firm. At his parish he served as a lector and Eucharistic minister. He enjoys a good book as well as sailing and traveling. (Wisconsin Province)

Joseph Koczera

Joseph Koczera

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Joe, 24, has a bachelor’s in government from Georgetown and a law degree from Notre Dame. He interned for the Massachusetts State Senate and for Global Rights, a human-rights organization. He visited Cuba to study the Catholic Church there and has taught fifth and sixth grade CCD in Indiana. He enjoys travel, photography, and architecture. (Chicago Province)

Kevin Koehler

Kevin Koehler

Mayfield Village, Ohio

Kevin, 22, has a BA in chemistry from Case Western Reserve and has academic interests in philosophy, literature, history, and medicine. His summer jobs have included caddying, landscaping, camp counseling, and conducting cancer research. A cancer survivor, he’s recently passed his five-year anniversary cancer-free. He loves to read and write. (Detroit Province)

Benjamin Krause

Benjamin Krause

Omaha

Ben, 24, graduated from Creighton Prep and has BAs in philosophy and Spanish from Xavier University, where he helped found Men 4 Others, a community that offers service opportunities to students. He taught Spanish and worked in campus ministry at Creighton Prep, and he’s gone on service trips to the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Haiti. (Chicago Province)

Isidro Lepez-Alvarez

Isidro Lepez-Alvarez

Coalcoman, Mexico

Isidro, 44, came to the United States in 1975. Formerly married, he has four sons. He has worked as a laborer, custodian, and bus driver. He taught CCD, worked in youth ministry, and prepared kids for First Communion and Confirmation. He’s also been a community organizer, and he relaxes by gardening, playing music, and fishing. (Oregon Province)

Mastthew Livingstone

Matthew Livingstone

Ottawa, Canada

Matthew, 22, with a BA in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa, did research at an international agency devoted to social development and assisted with communications for the African Jesuit AIDS Network in Nairobi. He volunteered with a L’Arche home in Ottawa and has lived in many countries, including Sudan, Pakistan, and Kenya. (Upper Canada Province)

Andrew Marquard

Andrew Marquard

Fairview Park, Ohio

Andrew, 23, received a BA in philosophy from Duquesne University. He worked in youth ministry and campus ministry, running groups for Confirmation preparation, faith sharing, and social justice. He has run the Pittsburgh and Cleveland marathons and is a big Cleveland sports fan, especially baseball. He has done fundraising for the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. (Detroit Province)

Joseph Miller

Joseph Miller

St. Paul

Joe, 23, has BAs in theology and Catholic studies from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, where he was assistant to the liturgy director. He worked in campus ministry at Creighton Prep and has attended the School of Americas protest. He enjoys travel (especially to Ireland), swimming and skiing. (Wisconsin Province)

John Nugent

John Nugent

Houston

John 22, graduated from Strake Jesuit College Prep in Houston and earned a BA in biology from Texas A&M. He’s worked as a waiter, bartender, and coffee barista. As a youth minister he directed a team that brought high school retreats to Texas parishes. England, Ireland, Spain, and Italy are some of the places he has traveled. (New Orleans Province)

Brent Otto

Brent Otto

Natick, Massachusetts

Brent, 24, has a BA in history and a teaching certificate from the College of the Holy Cross. He taught history at a Massachusetts high school, where he was also an advisor for the Amnesty International chapter. During a travel and research fellowship he studied Catholic education in India. His interests include social justice and liturgical and youth ministry. (New England Province)

John Petit

John Petit

Zanesville, Ohio

John, 36, has BAs in political science and criminal justice from the University of Akron and a law degree from Case Western Reserve. As an attorney, he focused on domestic relations and criminal law. He spent five years as an assistant prosecuting attorney, managing the legal staff of a child support agency. He is an avid baseball fan. (Detroit Province)

Jose Ruiz

José Ruiz

Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

Pepe, 21, studied industrial engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores in Monterrey, where he wrote for the school newspaper and worked in the campus addiction center. He has given many retreats in the United States and Mexico and spent a year as a missionary at the Lord’s Ranch in New Mexico. He enjoys guitar and chess. (New Orleans Province)

Christopher Ryan

Christopher Ryan

Camden, New Jersey

Chris, 22, graduated from St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia and has a BA in geography from Dartmouth, where he worked as a research assistant and an undergraduate advisor. He spent a semester studying in Prague. He was a staff member for Jesuit Family Retreats and conducted RCIA classes. His interests include crossword puzzles and classical music. (New England Province)

James Shea

James Shea

Evanston, Illinois

Jim, 32, has a bachelor’s degree in English from Loyola University Chicago. He’s worked at Misericordia Home in Chicago, which serves people with developmental disabilities, and spent a year in Detroit as a volunteer with the Passionist Lay Missioners working in AIDS ministry. Music, writing, and baseball—especially the Cubs—are among his interests. (Chicago Province)

Anthony Stephens

Anthony Stephens

Riverdale, Georgia

Anthony, 31, has a BA in telecommunications and an MA in journalism from the University of Georgia. He worked as a campus minister at the University of Illinois Chicago, did freelance writing, worked on recording and video projects in Atlanta and Brooklyn, and was news director at the University of Georgia. This musician plays bass, piano, drums, guitar, and alto sax. (Chicago Province)

Philip Sutherland

Philip Sutherland

Chehalis, Washington

Philip, 22, has a BA in religious studies from Gonzaga University. He also has a background in science and has worked as a chemistry lab assistant and at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. He attended the School of the Americas protest while a student at Gonzaga. He has been playing the clarinet for years. (Oregon Province)

Sean Toole

Sean Toole

Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

Sean, 22, has a bachelor’s in urban studies and geography from Rutgers, where he worked as a tour guide for the admissions department and an academic community programmer for residence life. He was campus campaign coordinator for both Amnesty International and Oxfam America. He participated in the Six Weeks A Jesuit program in Chicago in 2003. (Maryland Province)

Ike Udoh

Ike Udoh

Walnut Creek, California

Ike, 24, has a BS in biology from the University of California Berkeley. Born in the United States, his family emmigrated to Nigeria where he completed grade school and high school before returning to the States. A certified medical assistant, he has also worked as an assistant to an optometrist. He enjoys music, basketball, and reading. (California Province)

Andres Vall-Serra

Andrés Vall-Serra

Bogota, Colombia

Andrés, 27, immigrated with his family to the United States as a young boy. After high school he served in the navy and then enrolled at Wichita State University. He worked in the insurance business and did volunteer work at the Lord’s Diner, a soup kitchen in Wichita. He enjoys running, reading, and spending time with family and friends. (Missouri Province)


Part I of Newcomers for 2004-05


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